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Exporting and international trade

The Department for International Trade (DiT) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets by helping them to export their products and services overseas. UKTI has professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets.

Market guides

Exporting is Great was an initiative launched in November 2015 and is designed to empower UK SMEs to take advantage of the global appetite for British products, skills and expertise in markets around the world.

In partnership with major British businesses, the programme supported companies at every stage of their exporting journey - from identifying opportunities to winning contracts overseas.

As the world becomes ever more globalised and digital, the potential for you to reach out to new customers and lucrative new markets beyond the UK has never been greater.

Whatever your sector, there’s a market out there for your products or services. That goes for established markets, like the European Union (EU) and US, and high-growth markets such as Brazil, India, China, Colombia, Indonesia and others.

Visit the Exporting is GREAT website to:

  • search and apply for live export opportunities
  • download your essential guide to exporting
  • sign up for business events near you
  • find expert advice and services to get you started.

You can also contact them by: 

Open to Export

Is a community-driven service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) looking for support to grow internationally by exporting from the UK. Companies can work together and share information, advice and support about export market opportunities and means of entry.

The information, answers, advice and articles on Open to Export are all composed by the site's users, community and key contributors.

You can find out more on the Open to Export website. 

The DIT Internationalisation Fund

This is open to SME businesses that have significant potential to grow international sales. Eligible projects will have a minimum project value of £2000 and maximum £18,000 with up to 50% grant funding is available.

This fund can be used for:

  • market research
  • IP advice
  • translation services
  • international social media
  • marketing
  • trade fairs
  • international market visits
  • consultancy support and other overseas commercialisation services.

Find out more about the DIT Internationalisation Fund on their website. 

New SME Brexit Support Fund – up to £2K

This fund will help businesses to prepare for the implementation of import controls which come into force from April and July. SMEs will be able to adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

SME’s can use this grant to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU. It will be administered through the customs grant scheme in March 2021.

Find out more on the New SME Brexit Support Fund website.

Customs Grant Scheme

There a several grants that are available to support international traders with IT, recruitment, and training. You can find out more on the Customs Grant Scheme website or contact them by:

Ways to contact business support

The best way to contact us is through our online form so we have the right information to help you as quickly as possible. Contact us by: